We may not have posted too many blog posts lately, but we’ve been busy adding all kinds of useful stuff to our Information Pages. Look right over there to your left, and you’ll see the alphabetical list right at the top of the left-hand menu. I’m going to give you a quick overview of the pages we’ve put up so far…
- Basic Renewable Energy System Diagram
- The title is pretty self-explanatory, but this diagram gives you a quick explanation of every major component in a solar, wind, hydro, or generator-powered off-grid power system. You may already know the basics (solar panels create electricity from sunlight), but some of the details might surprise you. Check the page out on your computer, and scroll your mouse over the labeled components to see the explanations.
- Basic Water Systems Diagram
- There are a lot of variables in setting up a water system, especially if you’re used to having a city water supply hooked up to your home. Everything from power source (grid-power, solar or wind power, or a generator or battery bank) to whether or not your system will need a holding tank is covered in this diagram. Much like the System Diagram, you just scroll your mouse over any of the labeled components to learn what they do, and how they work together.
- Calculate Solar System Output
- Solar panels are the easiest of all the renewable energy sources to use, but if you’re planning a system based on solar power, you want to make sure you install enough panels to meet your energy needs. On this page, we give you a couple of different resources for calculating solar system output, depending on your location and some other variables.
- Choose The Right Sun-Mar Composting Toilet
- Composting toilets are a fantastic solution to locations where you can’t install a septic system, for occasional use vacation cabins where the expense of a full septic system doesn’t make sense, for homes where you need to conserve as much water as possible, or for mobile applications like RVs, boats, and buses. But even though a composting toilet is cheaper than a new septic system, they’re still not pocket change. Our quick (2-3 step) questionnaire will help ensure you choose the right model for your needs.
We’re planning a lot more reference pages in the future! If there are any specific topics you’re interested in, please drop us a note on Facebook, or fill out our Contact Form, and let us know. We’re happy to answer any renewable energy or off-grid living questions you have!